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Completed PhD Projects

Wiriya Puntub (2022): Potential Impact Assessment of Climate-related Hazards on Urban Public Health Services: Interaction of Changing Climate-related Hazards and Urban Development in the Future, Khon Kaen City, Thailand. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at Department of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Jörn Birkmann, Professor (University of Stuttgart).

Christoph Ebbing (2022): BIM oder kein BIM? Eine Frage der Wirtschaftlichkeit aus Sicht der Projektentwickler. Empirische Erhebungen als Grundlage einer wirtschaftlichen Bewertung des Building Information Modeling Einsatzes. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at Department of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Michael Nadler, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Ivan Čadež, Professor (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering).

Mohammad Bashirizadeh (2021): The Impact of Persian Garden Principles as Traditional Ecological Landscaping on Thermal Comfort. Green Strategies for Climatic Urban Landscape Design in Iran, Based on Persian Garden Analysis. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at Department of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Christa Reicher, Professor (RWTH Aachen). Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Seyyed Hassan Taghvaei, Professor (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran).

Christina Haubaum (2021): Analyse von Bewertungsveränderungen des Landschaftsbildes durch Windenergieanlagen in unterschiedlichen Landschaftskategorien Nordrhein-Westfalens auf der Grundlage von Online-Befragungen. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Frank Othengrafen, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor.

Hemn Abdulkareem Mawlood Nanakali (2021): Rural Sustainable Development Policies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and their Impact on Migration - The Case of Erbil. PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Karsten Zimmermann, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Einhard Schmidt Kallert, Professor Emeritus. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor.

Thomas Masyk (2021): The Role of Urban Agriculture for Sustainable and Resilient Cities. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sophie Schramm, Professor.

Hanna Christine Schmitt (2021): Was heißt hier eigentlich 'kritisch'? Entwicklung einer Evidenzgrundlage zum Umgang mit kritischen Infrastrukturen in der Raumordnung. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Jörn Birkmann, Professor (University of Stuttgart).

Maurizio Lindemann (2020): Transferpotenziale integrierter wohnungswirtschaftlicher Ansätze. Quartiersentwicklung am Beispiel "Borsigplatz-West" in der Dortmunder Nordstadt. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor (RWTH Aachen). 2. reviewer: Dr. Sigrid Schaefer, Professor (University of Duisburg-Essen).

Edgar Medrano Reyes (2020): Development of Spatial Strategies for Small Island Landscapes in the Philippines. PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Christiane Hellmanzik, Professor.

Emmanuel Kofi Gavu (2020): Understanding location and neighbourhood effects: An analysis of the housing submarkets in Accra - Ghana. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Sophie Schramm, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Karl-Werner Schulte, Professor Emeritus (University of Regensburg).

Yong Xu (2019): Study of Vegetation Cover and its Driving Forces. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Ralf Bill, Professor (University of Rostock).

Ismail Hajani (2019): Promoting urban spatial planning guidance for achieving physical sustainable urban development in Duhok City - Kurdistan region/Iraq. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor Emeritus.

Rubina Devrikyan (2019): Effectiveness of Participatory Approaches in Rural Development. Case studies of rural communities in Armenia and Georgia. PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Professor Emeritus. 2. reviewer: Dr. Christoph Kohlmeyer, Honorary Professor.

Kaie Metsaots (2019): Holistic development of the oil shale region as an industrial heritage, recreational, sports, and tourism district. PhD-thesis (Dr. phil. in Landscape Architecture) at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Applied Biology, Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ), Tartu, Estonia. Chair of examination board: Dr. Tiiu Kull, Professor (EMÜ). Supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Kalev Sepp, Professor (EMÜ). Opponent and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor (TU Dortmund University). Further members of the examination board: Dr. Tiina Nõges, Professor (EMÜ); Dr. Riin Alatalu, Associate Professor (Estonian Academy of Arts); Dr. Mari Nõmmela, Associate Professor (EMÜ); Dr. Ain Kull, Senior Researcher (University of Tartu).

Julian Engelbert (2019): The multi-level planning decision under preliminary conditions. An epistemological investigation at the example of NABEG. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Klaus-Joachim Grigoleit, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Stephan Mitschang, Professor (Berlin University of Technology).

Sattwick Dey Biswas (2019): The Mysteries of Valuation. Two land acquisition cases in India. PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Benjamin Davy, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Thomas Hartmann, Associate Professor (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands).

Zhao Li (2019): Towards Resilience. Adopting Local Knowledge in Rural Landscape Planning. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor.

Sandra Maier (2018): Local Strategies for the Accommodation of Refugees as Contribution for the Re-Use of Vacancy. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor.

Tra Van Tran (2018): Translating Climate Science into Policy Making in the Water Sector for the Vu Gia-Thu Bon River Basin. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor.

Jost Wilker (2017): The Potential of Economic Valuation and Participation for Green Infrastructure Planning. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Siedentop, Professor.

Nasim Heidarinejad (2017): The effects of urban expension on spatial and socioeconomic patterns of the peri-urban areas: A case study of Isfahan City, Iran. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Stefan Siedentop, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor.

Aqueel Qusay Al-Mosawi (2017): Towards Sustainable Urban Design Strategies for Historic Centres in Iraq. Development of an Assessment Approach for Urban Regeneration Projects. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Karsten Zimmermann, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor.

Bryce Lawrence (2017): The County Diagnostic: A regional environmental footprint framework for the USA and a comparative case study application of the County Diagnostic within the US Eastern Deciduous Forest Ecoregion. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Ekhart Hahn, Honorary Professor. Examiner: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor.

Xiao Li (2016): Planning Integrated Approach in River-based regions towards Low-carbon Development. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Jan Polivka.

Jie Zhao (2016): Analysis of Urban Form Parameters with a Focus on Energy Consumption. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Ralf Bill, Professor (University of Rostock).

Ernesto Antonio Zumelzu Scheel (2015): Sustainable Transformation of the Cities. Urban Design Pragmatics to Achieve a Sustainable City. PhD thesis at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands. Chair of PhD commission: Prof. ir. B. de Vries (TU/e), 1. promotor: Prof. Dr. B.E.J. De Meulder (KU Leuven, Belgium), 2. promotor: Prof. Dr. H.J.P. Timmermans (TU/e), co-promotor: Dr. ir. C.H. Doevendans (TU/e), Members: Prof. Dr. D. Gruehn (TU Dortmund University), Dr. ir. M. Dehaene (Ghent University, Belgium), Prof. Dr. ir. J.J.N. Lichtenberg (TU/e), Prof. Dr. ir. W.F. Schaefer (TU/e).

Jie Zhang (2015): Assessement of Renewable Energy Potentials Based on GIS and RS - A Case Study in China. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Jörg Fromme.

Dagmar Lehmann & Peter Apel (2015): Open Spaces for Kids and Teenagers. The Interplay of Product, Process, and Strategy as Multi-Dimensional Approach. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Susanne Frank, Associate Professor.

Danial Monsefi Parapari (2015): Adaptation to Climate Change and Thermal Comfort. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Mehdi Vazifedoost.

Rabab Morsy (2015): Ecotourism as a Framework for Sustainable Touristic Development, Case Study of Protected Areas, Egypt. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor.

Shireen Younis Ismael (2014): Promoting integrated heritage conservation and management in Iraqui Kudistan. Applicability of values-based approach: The case study of Akre and Amedy in Duhok Province. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Asmat Khalid (University of Duhok, Iraq).

Mais Aljafari (2014): Emerging public spaces in the city of Amman, Jordan: An analysis of everyday life practices. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Maram Tawil (School of Architecture and Built Environment, German Jordanian University, Jordan).

Mustafa Ergen (2013): A new methodology proposal for urban regeneration of brownfields - Case study of Zonguldak city, Turkey. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Ilgar Kirzioglu, Professor, (Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey).

Anne Budinger (2012): Value Increasing Effects of Urban Open Spaces on Real Estates and Properties. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology). Examiner: Dr. Gerd Hennings, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Mark Fleischhauer.

Guang Liu (2012): A study on sustainable urban water management in small- and medium-sized cities in China. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Hans-Peter Tietz, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Alexandra Hill.

Maria Ayessa Cardino (2012): Voices from the Mountains: Local People's Perceptions on Policies Protecting the Karst Landscape of Bohol, the Philippines. PhD thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Professor.

Ramji Bogati (2012): Forest Habitat Restoration in Lowland Nepal. Tiger as Restoration Success Indicator Species. PhD thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology).

Michael Roth (2012): Visual Landscape Assessment in the Context of Landscape Planning. Validation of Visual Landscape Assessment Methods Using Internet Surveys Methodologies. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology). Examiner: Dr. Wolfgang Wende, Associate Professor (Dresden University of Technology/IOER).

Klaus v. Zahn (2011): Environmental Quality Assessment of Zoning Plans as Basis for an Effectiveness Check of Environmental Regulations for Binding Land Use Plans according to German Building Code. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. External examiner: Dr. Wolfgang Wende, Associate Professor (Dresden University of Technology/IOER).

Uwe Liedtke & Michael Schult (2011): The impact mitigation regulation under nature conservation law and its application in spatial planning. Trends and perspectives exemplified at the county of Unna. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Lothar Finke, Professor Emeritus. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. External examiner: Dr. Detlef Schiebold.

Sven Rannow (2011): Conservation Management in Times of Climate Change - Problems and Solutions exemplified for the Hardangervidda National Park. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology). Examiner: Dr. Lothar Finke, Professor Emeritus.

Sylvia Wanczura (2010): Spatial Planning and 'Risk Governance'. Indicator system for an effective and efficient coordination within the 'Risk Governance' process. PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Marek Dutkowski, Professor (University of Szczecin, Poland). Examiner: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor.

Roland Finke (2010): Assessing Landscape Connectivity with Least-Cost-Analysis: Analyzing the Functional Connectivity of the Ruhr Metopolis` Greenways. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Gerd Turowski, Professor Emeritus. External examiner: Dr. Eberhard Geisler (RVR).

Tao Luo (2008): Investigation on the Transferability of European Standards concerning Visual Landscape Assessment into Spatial Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment in China - Case Study Wuhan (Central China). Ph.D thesis (doctor agriculturae) at School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,  University of Rostock. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Holger Behm, Adjunct Professor (University of Rostock). 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor (TU Dortmund University).

Dongqing Zhang (2008): Reuse-oriented Decentralized Wastewater Treatment based in Ecological Sanitation in fast growing Agglomerations. PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Hans-Peter Tietz, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. External reviewer: Dr. Manfred Voigt, Professor (University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal).

Carl-Heinz Schulz (2007): Sustainable Revitalisation of Natural Landscapes by Means of Project and Nature Conservation Management - Case Study District Duchy of Lauenburg (Germany). PhD thesis (doctor agriculturae) at School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,  University of Rostock. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Wolfgang Riedel, Professor (University of Rostock). 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor (TU Dortmund University).

Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund Central Station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.